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Kuwait to Shell out US$3 Billion for NASAMS

Our Bureau - : Nov 2, 2022 - : 6:00 am

Kuwait will get the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, from the United States, at an estimated cost of US$3 billion.

NASAMS are manufactured as a joint venture between U.S.-based Raytheon Technologies and Norway’s Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace. For the Kuwait deal, Raytheon Missiles and Defense will be the principal contractor.

The U.S. approval for the sale comes after Washington recently gave the go ahead for a potential sale of operational and training rounds for M1A2 Abrams tanks to Kuwait, in a deal valued at up to US$250 million. The NASAMS, is a highly adaptable medium-range air defence solution, a Raytheon official said.

NASAMS consists of the Sentinel radar, Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, and KONGSBERG’s Fire Distribution Center.

In October 2021, Raytheon Missiles and Defense unveiled a new medium-range air and missile defence radar for NASAMS called GhostEye MR.

NASAMS provides air defenders with a tailorable, state-of-the-art defence system that can maximise their ability to identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle and emerging cruise missile threats.

NASAMS is owned by 12 countries and has been integrated into the U.S. National Capital Region’s air defence system since 2005. In addition to the U.S., Norway, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, Oman, Lithuania, Indonesia, Australia, Qatar, Hungary and one undisclosed country have chosen to depend on NASAMS for homeland defence and the defence of critical assets.


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